The Karina Arroyave Interview

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So when did they tell you that you were the mole?

Not for a while, but they kept dropping hints. During the third episode, we were doing a scene, and Stephen looks at me and Sarah and says [imitating Stephen's British accent], "Now, one of you is the mole." And I was like, "What?" [laughs] I thought to myself, there's no way it's me. That's just too juicy. And I couldn't really think too hard about it either because even if I was the mole, there's no way I could play her as the mole.

Yeah, I mean, what are you supposed to do? Rub your hands together in front of your computer and cackle?

Yeah! So that was my first clue. Two episodes went by and the crew -- they're the first ones to see the scripts -- started saying stuff to me, but no one would really verify it. It was driving me crazy. I kept asking people, "What's going on? Am I the bad guy?" No one would give me a straight answer.

It's kind of brilliant of them to keep you hanging, when you think about it. I mean, there's nothing in your performance that suggests that you are the mole, and for those of us at home watching and trying to predict what's going on, it's a complete surprise. So when did they officially verify it?

During the seventh episode, when Teri calls Jamey from Mulholland Drive, it becomes clear. They told me while we were shooting the episode before that one. One of the writers came up to me, introduced himself and said, "Well, I gotta tell you that you're the bad guy." So I said, "But I should just keep playing her like she's not, right?" And he said, "Absolutely."

You have to act ambiguous a lot. When Milo gets put on the key card, your motivation could be interpreted in two ways. On the one hand, you could simply be insulted that you're being "replaced" by a temp who thinks he's more qualified than you are. But on the other hand, you might be simply worried that your cover is being blown. How did you play that?

I kept getting these notes that I was supposed to be more upset about it. But I didn't want to make her more upset, because I didn't want to give anything away.

So when did the writers know that you were the mole?

They're making it up as they go along. They hadn't decided all that long before they told me.

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